For those of you heading down to the World Fantasy Convention or SDCC this year in hopes of meeting George R. R. Martin, we have some bad news for you.
[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]he mastermind behind A Game of Thrones took to his blog last week to post an entry titled Sorry, Saratoga. In the entry he expresses that as much as he enjoys attending the World Fantasy Convention he unfortunately has to cancel his public appearance. He then goes on to explain that his reasoning for not being there this year has nothing to do with the convention itself, but rather the fact that he just has too much on his plate and not enough time.
As sad as the fans in Saratoga will be, we’re sure they’ll understand that finishing up his latest book Winds of Winter is top priority.
“My apologies to anyone who saw Saratoga on my Appearances page and planned to go in order to see me. I won’t be there. Go anyway. You’ll have a great time.”
On top of canceling his Saratoga appearance, the author also expressed that he wouldn’t be attending San Diego Comic-Con this year either, stating that not going to SDCC is “not as big a deal” as Saratoga because it was never listed on his Appearances page to begin with. Oh yeah? We know thousands of geeks (including ourselves) that are patiently waiting for that schedule of events to still be released that would beg to differ.
The man just needs all the time he can get. Not all hope is lost though, at the end of the entry he mentions that if he is able to finish Winds of Winter before these conventions take place, he will gladly reserve his right to change his mind.
If you absolutely must meet Mr. R. R. Martin, here is his updated list of appearances scheduled for 2015:
April 2-5 2015
Norwescon, The Pacific Northwest’s Science-Fiction Fantasy Convention, Seatac WA
May 22 – 24, 2015
ConQuest 46, Kansas City Marriott DT, Kansas City, MO May 22nd – 24th 2015
June 25-28 2015
Archipelacon, The Nordic SF & Fantasy Convention, Mariehamn, Aland, Finland
Aug. 19 – 23, 2015
2015 Sasquan 73rd World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention in Spokane
AUGUST 29 – 30, 2015
Bubonicon 47, Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention, Albuquerque NM.
Nov. 5-8, 2015
World Fantasy Convention 2015 Saratoga Springs, NY November 5th through 8th 2015 CANCELED APPEARANCE
December 4-5 2015
Guadalajara International Book Fair, Guadalajara, Mexico